Prevention of burst pipe damage

Brust pipe damage caused more than 50% of the total claims expenditure in residential building insurance. With the Forum Leitungswasser, AVW therefore clearly focuses on the prevention of brust pipe water damage.

Hartmut Rösler and Udo Villmeter
Managing Directors

Forum Leitungswasser

Practical solutions for the housing industry

In residential building insurance, burst pipe water losses have been identified for some years as clear cost drivers. The factors leading to burst pipes are numerous, and differ individually from case to case: The pipe material used, the building age, the installation technique and much more interact here.

On top of this, there are also factors that cannot be influenced at all – such as the water quality of the respective region, which can even change depending on the season. So far, practical solutions for loss prevention or a concerted approach by those affected are missing.

Forum Leitungswasser

For this reason, AVW has started the INITIATIVE SCHADENPRAEVENTION.DE with the aim of making the findings of the insurance industry from around 1 million burst pipe water events every year usable for the housing industry.  It is the goal to support housing companies in this complex topic with regard to causes of damage and suitable prevention measures.

For this purpose, the AVW Gruppe founded the "Forum Leitungswasser".

Under the expert direction of Mr. Siegfried Rehberg, supported by Mr. Helmut Asche, the technical decision-makers of the housing industry meet here to discuss targeted measures for the prevention of burst pipe water damage and to discuss best practice.

The forum is supported by VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH and the Institut für Schadenverhütung und Schadenforschung (IFS) (Institute for Loss Prevention and Loss Research (IFS)).

Managed by Dipl.-Ing. Siegfried Rehberg

"I am looking forward to developing a strategy for the prevention of burst pipe water damage with the technical decision-makers in the housing industry. In this way, we make an important contribution to reducing the damage caused by burst pipe water and can contribute to targeted qualification and sensitization in this multi-faceted problem."

Mr. Rehberg, Dipl.-Ing., is known in the housing industry and has addressed the real estate industry issues in decades of work as a technical consultant at various associations.

You can find more information on Mr. Rehberg hier.

Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Asche

"We are pooling the existing findings on the subject of burst pipe water damage and its causes in the Forum and developing them further in a practice-oriented manner.This should result in target criteria for effective prevention."

Helmut Asche, Dipl.-Ing. / Dipl.-Kfm., has worked for over 20 years in a technically leading Position in the housing industry.

You can find more information on Mr. Asche here.


Stefan Schenzel, AVW claims management and consulting

"Burst pipe water damage accounts for more than half of all damage. In the Forum Leitungswasser we look into the problem and provide practical solutions for the benefit of our customers."

Stefan Schenzel is team leader of damage consulting at AVW. Together with his team, he regularly analyses and evaluates the damage events of AVW customers and advises on loss prevention measures. Stefan Schenzel brings his cumulative experience to the forum.